As one of SELF’s shopping writers, I follow new launches closely. I’ve seen my fair share of new sun-care products enter the market in recent years, most of which are too expensive for the masses, out of touch with current sustainability efforts, straight-up boring, or some lethal combination of the three. Summer Camp sunscreen, however, is different. After seeing the brand introduction pop up in my inbox, I was immediately intrigued by its name. As a former camp kid turned camp counselor, I look back on my summer camp days with fondness and nostalgia. Frankly, I’d do pretty much anything to go back and relive them.
This new brand channels all of the good things about camp and leaves out unnecessary (and sometimes harmful) ingredients. It’s BIPOC- and woman-owned, and you can scoop up a bunch of the products at your local Walmart. Keep reading to learn more about Summer Camp, plus the products I can’t stop raving about.
What’s so great about Summer Camp sunscreen?
Summer Camp, which launched in early July by the founder of luxe sun-care brand Soleil Toujours, leans heavily on those camp memories that so many of us foster: sun-lightened hair, sticky sweet popsicles, juicy watermelon, sweat prickles after a long bout of running around, and…unbridled joy. It seems that joy itself is finally, after years, having a cultural moment. At least for me, I’ve noticed more artists (like Maggie Rogers and Beyoncé) embrace joy as a survival mechanism. So then, brands like Summer Camp are following suit and honing in on fun and whimsy. Just look at the bubble lettering, kitschy rainbow logo, and camp-esque colors (red, orange, yellow, and green).
The brand launched with a suite of chemical- and mineral-based sunscreen products, including chemical and mineral spray sunscreen for body and face, mineral lotion for body and face, a mineral sunscreen stick, and an aloe vera mist. The SPF products offer broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection against harmful rays, blue light, and pollution. They naturally ward off insects too.
What’s the price point, and where can I buy it?
Each of Summer Camp’s products are aptly priced and hover around $12 to $21 per product, similar to the pricing of competitors Supergoop, Vacation, and Coola. And it’s not without reason. The ingredients inside each of Summer Camp’s products are intentional and not disruptive to the planet—values that are beginning to resonate more and more with consumers. It’s available to buy straight from the brand’s website, or in-store and online at Walmart.
So next time you’re filling up your beach bag with your wide-brim hat, swimwear, flip-flops, and UPF clothing, make sure to throw these stellar picks in too.